7 February 2018
Each year the department offers paid, research internships to second-year Linguistics and English Language undergraduates.

This year we received 33 applications for 4 internships.

The successful students have now been notified and will be working on the following three projects:

  • Shakespeare: The ‘foreign’ words’, which is a corpus study of borrowings from Latin, French, Spanish, Dutch etc in Shakespeare
  • Exploring the digital media practices of international students
  • Does learning a new language change how we see the world?

The students will gain valuable experience in carrying out independent research, and (depending on the project) even presenting their findings at conferences or in publications.

Sam Armstrong interned in 2017 with Vaclav Brezina and Matt Timperley and said:

"I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the SPRINT programme last summer. Working with another intern, we developed teaching materials for the new version of #LancsBox, developing our familiarity with this corpus software. We also had the opportunity to begin constructing a one-million-word corpus of British English (I can now appreciate the time it takes to construct a corpus!). Other new experiences included coding sociolinguistic data and developing a promotional video for #LancsBox.

It was an honour to work within the CASS centre and to witness the commitment of everyone involved. I feel extremely lucky to have gained this experience, and would unreservedly encourage anyone to apply/participate".

LAEL offers two research internship programmes open to Part II students. SPRINT (Summer Project Research Internships) involves you working with a member of staff on a research project for four weeks in either June or July. TRINITY (Term-time Internships) involves you working one day per week with a member of staff on a research project in Term 2.

For more details about LAEL internships see the website: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/laelinternships/